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News Comments > Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition Announced
23. Re: Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition Announced Dec 4, 2016, 09:24 NetHead
ItBurn wrote on Dec 2, 2016, 10:49:
I know some people love that game, but I haaated it....

Same here. I will say some of the visuals and gameplay were okay though the rest of the game was so god awful. It was typical Cliff Bleszinski stuff for the time.

Every character was an embarrassing chest thumping moron, it was so ridiculous even a spoof of such things couldn't be more outrageous. This coming from someone who can enjoy Serious Sam as a character.

Though in this it was so bad I can picture even fist-bumping teenagers being embarrassed watching it.
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
3. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Dec 4, 2016, 09:16 NetHead
Wallshadows wrote on Dec 3, 2016, 00:29:
Surprised she only got attorney fees.

If things like freedom of speech are really so highly regarded you'd think there would be fines or some consequences for trying to trample over someone to prevent them from exercising it.

Guess such things are limited to fairytale worlds where bogus DMCA claims also have actual consequences.
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
17. Re: Morning Interviews Dec 2, 2016, 09:43 NetHead
SirKnight wrote on Nov 30, 2016, 17:26:
Wallshadows wrote on Nov 30, 2016, 14:33:
I found out that I can still enjoy Diablo 2 even though it looks like shit but holy fuck the servers are garbage.

I started playing Diablo 2 again recently, and no it does NOT look like shit. It actually looks pretty damn good. WAY better than Diablo 3. D3 just

It's a great example of aesthetics versus graphics.

You can have all the anti-aliasing, AF, resolution etc you want but if the aesthetics are poor graphics aren't worth much.

On the other hand great aesthetics can still look great with older graphics, conveying a great sense of atmosphere. Help to make you feel more immersed in the setting.

Things like Diablo 2, Dark Souls and others have awful graphics whether they're old or new. Though they have that style that can instantly charm you into the setting. Add to that when a game matches its style so things feel like they fit, it makes a big difference.

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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
4. Re: Evening Safety Dance Nov 22, 2016, 08:23 NetHead
Caladell wrote on Nov 21, 2016, 20:54:
RedEye9 wrote on Nov 21, 2016, 20:00:
It's hard to tell the difference sometimes with as much shovel-ware that comes pre-installed.

Ha! Good point...

I had problems understanding the headline. I honestly couldn't tell if Office Depot was falsely saying a new PC had "symptoms of malware" or if it was genuine and accurate, once again raising the issue or preloaded crap these days.

*can't type anymore

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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
5. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 21, 2016, 05:29 NetHead
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Nov 20, 2016, 13:39:
NetHead wrote on Nov 20, 2016, 10:57:
I never understood what people or companies expected from "wearables".

One device (interface/display size allowing) can do everything. So what exactly do they expect the second, third etc devices to be doing.

The short answer is additional sensors.

Consider the GPS on your phone: it's an input source which your desktop PC does not have, and consequently there's a whole host of things which your phone can do which your PC cannot. We're used to thinking of human computer interaction in terms of input devices such as keyboards and mice, but with sensors you get automated input that doesn't directly depend on you doing anything.

Wearables at least have the potential to support computer interaction that otherwise isn't possible right now. However, in order to realize those possibilities you need to think less in terms of a screen you explicitly interact with and more in terms of having a computer seamlessly support your daily activities with minimal direct interaction on your part.

So far the only genuinely useful application to emerge is fitness and activity tracking but that doesn't mean this is a dead end. It just means there's no killer app yet. Clothing with temperature regulation or augmented reality contact lenses are all possibilities over the course of our lifetimes.

(oh my god what a massive wall of text incoming, see what you made me do lol, if you actually bother reading it, I wouldn't hold it against you if you avoid it as I would probably avoid someone else's, please don't take it as hostile/condescending/personal, I know it's easy to come off that way when hammering out a long rant or opinion online, anyway....oh and sorry for any redundancy/horrific segues in it, didn't have to time to squeeze out this load in one go)

If you wanted GPS on your desktop it's not a problem or expensive. Other than things due to size/mobility there is nothing a phone-like can do that a desktop couldn't. There are no interfacing/interaction possibilities with these things that wouldn't be able to work in conjunction with a desktop.

This is basically all pointing back to my thought that we only need one device/"computer" on our person, which renders the "wearables" industry dead.

Simply having sensors in clothing or on our person, do not make a "wearables" industry. (At best it's a boost to companies already making tiny sensors, that would also have to be incredibly cheap and tough)

As for things like temperature controlling clothing, this is nothing new and doesn't need processing. In many cases that will do nothing but add complexity, price and lower reliability and even limit realworld application.

The thing is, this isn't about finding one or two things and going "there it could be used for that" even if it isn't something which can or is already being done without processing. It's about this reaching mass market, becoming something of an industry, being something other than a passing fad or something limited to niche specific tiny applications/markets (such a military which I mentioned).

I specifically mentioned military because it's one of the few instances where a tiny market can still have big profits, as with the crazy runway fashion nonsense I mentioned.

Things you mention like body monitoring is old news, can easily be done with tiny devices, single sensor. Again the watch, when it's ready could easily do that along with everything else, current phones could do it with a single wire or sensor touching the skin (even earphones could work there). This is in no way encouraging the though that we need multiple devices, and while we only need one device it will be the phone until technology enables the watch in ways I mentioned before, allowing it to render the phone superfluous.

Realistically the most successful, most ubiquitous thing to come form "wearables" or what you mention is colour changing cloths, maybe cloths with lights on them, possibly changing colour depending on your body or "mood". All fads. Something more likely to be found in wonky giftshops or fleamarkets than your average or high end store selling either things one wears or tech related gear.

"Augmented reality contact lenses" glasses, spectacles or contact lenses hardly make a "wearables" industry to put it politely, no more than any old watch made a "wearables" industry. Even when we reach the point that display technology to be that small it's not going to be for everyone (as ubiquitous as the phone or watch). Sure it's fine for people who already require contacts/glasses, not for others (we can even ignore how as our race advances technologically the percentage of people needing those should diminish, be it through surgery, medication or genetic manipulation). Keeping in mind we are really pushing into the future with some of this, even then I don't see it becoming a thing in contact lenses beyond specific niche scenarios (again think military etc).

Also the glasses/lenses thing completely relies on there not being any decent holographic technology. That is where the game changes, that's the tech that outright turns the watch into the phone killer, literally turning the phone into an unsellable, archaic, oversized product sitting next to radios. Tiny device with a large (or in that case even resizable) displays and interfaces, though bendable/foldable displays which is more within reach could substitute to some extent.

I still simply don't see "wearables" becoming a thing, and by thing I mean what people generally seem to expect, the same kind of expectations that got the likes of a company like Intel to invest into it. So by "thing" I mean an industry, where there are either shops dedicated to "wearables" or they are at least easily obtainable from either shops which sell tech gear or things one wears and come in a variety of forms. Never going to happen.

The only remote scenario for "wearables", where we wear some form of technology is, likely, a distant future where nanotechnology has been mastered to the extent that clothing can become hydrophobic when it rains, cleans itself on the spot when soiled, and maybe even folds itself presuming it doesn't change into the thing you feel like changing into. Needless to say mastering nanotech to such a degree is probably very far off and even then that would be part of the nanotech industry (the all encompassing nanotech industry) rather than "wearables" (though I would stop using the quotes at that point lol).

So be it the near future, or the very far away hypothetical super future, I don't see "wearables" becoming a "thing". I can see how you might expect sensors to start appearing in things we wear, though that wouldn't make them "wearables" nor do I see even that happening other than for specific niche applications (in which case one will don the appropriate gear rather than everyone already wearing that gear). Such unlikely scenarios, as sensors in everything we wear, would also require ubiquitous compact cheap wireless power, with adding sensors being as cheap and easy as adding those tags to clothing while being just as durable.

Even then why? Other than those specific applications there's no point. We don't need sensors on us to open doors or even to gesticulate to a technological environment, such an environment would do fine (better infact) by instead relying on its own sensors (visual/thermal, audio/vibrations), being able to react to even a naked human while also not only differentiating between human and animal but even different humans.

Put it another way, how would one expect an industry or product that requires people to wear sensors to compete against one that doesn't have that requirement while offering all the same features/functionality etc (even excluding price, convenience, associated tech requirements for sensors in the stuff we might wear).

When it come to us having a sensor on us, we only need one (though even multiple sensors doesn't mean multiple devices), which brings us back to the "single device" I mentioned which again means that "wearables" as an industry is still dead/pointless.

As for the whole, "killer app" nonsense (please keep in mind when I say nonsense I don't mean to be rude towards you, just the term), well that's a whole other topic.

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News Comments > Battlefield 1 Patch Complaints
8. Re: Battlefield 1 Patch Complaints Nov 21, 2016, 02:34 NetHead
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Nov 20, 2016, 17:36:
Now I'm going to go run around on the forest maps and look at the leaves, see if I should be furious or not.

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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
2. Re: Sunday Metaverse Nov 21, 2016, 02:20 NetHead
raVen wrote on Nov 21, 2016, 00:26:
Metallica can still suck it. [NSFW: Language]

I can sympathise with someone trying to get their content off a sharing platform, them being asses about it is on themselves though.
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
2. Re: Saturday Mobilization Nov 20, 2016, 10:57 NetHead
Cutter wrote on Nov 19, 2016, 18:39:
No shit. I'm just amazed anyone thought wearables would be a thing even remotely in demand.

I never understood what people or companies expected from "wearables".

One device (interface/display size allowing) can do everything. So what exactly do they expect the second, third etc devices to be doing.

That one device is currently the phone, it can be convenient, portable has a variety of options and features, while charging is only a minor problem. How does anyone expect to replace it with something else, nevermind numerous other things.

What exactly are the others going to be doing that the phone currently can't, or in future won't.

The only thing that has a chance at displacing the ubiquity of the phone is the watch, and that's currently a laughable replacement due to the size of the interface it allows (as mentioned above "interface/display size" available).

Even the watch isn't a viable alternative because the technology isn't there yet. Once a tiny device can have a much larger display/interaction area it could then usurp the phone.

Other than things like specific military applications and batshit crazy runway designs (using the word design extremely loosely) "wearables" is a bigger joke than 3D in the eighties.

This whole "wearables" thing is ridiculous, throwing money at a monkey expecting it to paint the next Mona Lisa would be a better investment.

and yes I'll continue to put "wearables" in quotation makes because this nonsense currently doesn't have a place in our existence.

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News Comments > System Shock Remake in 2018
8. Re: System Shock Remake in 2018 Nov 19, 2016, 15:33 NetHead

Well at least Routine seems to be coming out early next year, honestly I'm more excited about that than a remake.
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
4. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Nov 18, 2016, 18:01 NetHead

Laws do not and can not bypass or unlock encryption.

They can only cripple encryption making it basically useless. Akin to to outlawing encryption except worse in that it would be false encryption, a false sense of security at best.

Are we talking about one of those eastern countries again, oh wait..
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
3. Re: Morning Safety Dance Nov 18, 2016, 17:51 NetHead
Nimh wrote on Nov 18, 2016, 17:10:
RedEye9 wrote on Nov 18, 2016, 10:56:
What, Apple collects everything you do?
I thought only Google, Microsoft and the NSA did that.

Your call history is something your cell provider is already handing over. Making a stink about call syncing, something Apple has been open about, is just click bait.

The thing is the cell/service provider collects that information partly for legal reasons, in many places they have to. Which is somewhat understandable as in cases it can help prove things like someone did or did not contact someone else. Perhaps to look into harassment accusations etc etc..

As for the likes of Apple (or Google, Microsoft...) they have no business collecting that. Other than them making it their business to obtrude themselves into private information for their own gains.

If such privacy intruding "features" were opt-in and completely optional, that would be a somewhat different matter.

Also just because X is going something considered negative, doesn't make it okay for Y to be doing it. That is in no way any kind of defense or excuse.

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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
2. Re: Evening Tech Bits Nov 16, 2016, 21:05 NetHead

Embrace extend extinguish

RedEye9 wrote on Nov 16, 2016, 20:24:
Years late, way to go.

Maybe the timing isn't that strange. Windows 10, even with all it's questionable, sneaky, dubious ways of getting onto systems has had disappointing uptake (it even declined a while back)..

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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 16, 2016, 11:49 NetHead
The Half Elf wrote on Nov 15, 2016, 19:29:
jdreyer wrote on Nov 15, 2016, 15:48:
Chemical traces on your phone reveal your lifestyle, scientists say.

Like cocaine?

Food, lotions, body fluids, drugs, make-up, pretty much anything.

Faeces, faeces everywhere, seriously.

That alone will reveal a world of information about someone even if excluding DNA.
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News Comments > SteamVR to Get Linux and Mac OS X Support
13. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 16, 2016, 11:22 NetHead
People keep going on about "killer app" as if some almost magical incomprehensible program/game is going to come out of nowhere and drive people to fork out money they otherwise don't want to or can't afford to.

Seems like many are expecting way to much from face mounted TVs, in many regards.

Tom wrote on Nov 15, 2016, 19:35:
VR is game-changing for cockpit sims, of which there are plenty....

There it is, that's about as "killer app" as it's going to get (maybe excluding pornography). The thing is not everyone is interested in space sims, or any such simulation.

Killer apps don't appear out of nowhere and drive the general masses to go buy the hardware required for them (if such things were the case we would all own each console, a PC, and phone for each platform).

It's not as if these are the first home consoles ever, accessible for the average income Joe, where it would be the only way to access "gaming" at home or go without. It also has the problem of each player requiring that expensive headset while spectators get virtually nothing out of it.

It's the other way round. Killer apps come about because the majority, or at least a hell of a lot of people, can already run them with that they have. Things which end up being runaway ridiculously successful do so because they are accessible, be it Farmville on a webpage, Angry Birds on a phone or Minecraft on even an old lowly PC. None of which would have become killer apps with an entry barrier of many $100s, people already had the means to play them.

No single app/program/game alone, is going to get the masses to fork out loads of money and start strapping TVs to their face. For a start it would take a plethora of games/media in different genres together covering almost every desire and preference that the variety of people have.

Even then we still need to talk price.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
6. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 15, 2016, 17:29 NetHead
jdreyer wrote on Nov 15, 2016, 16:10:
Samsung's revolutionary holographic TV also randomly explodes with real heat, fire, and smoke for extra realism.

That car crash looked so real, I think I can even smell the tires burning.
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
3. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Nov 15, 2016, 11:26 NetHead
Creston wrote on Nov 14, 2016, 21:45:
The US Copyright Act allows up to $150,000 in damages per infringement.

Hit them for everything they've got. Maybe then the government will finally see just how fucking retarded that number is.

That doesn't even begin to show how retarded that number is. That's talking about fining a massive over spending government, compared to a college student who's already in debt.

Also I doubt the ones who benefit from lobbyists to create such insane penalties (which should be a purely civil matter) will in any way suffer no matter how big that fine got.

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News Comments > Evening Patches
3. Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition version 1.2 update. Nov 15, 2016, 11:01 NetHead
Nuhauser wrote on Nov 15, 2016, 09:05:
Was there any fix for the compressed sounds they used in this version?

Searching for Skyrim SE changelog should find out easily enough...

Version 1.2


General stability and performance improvements
Fixed issue related to using alt-tab while playing the game (PC)
Fixed issue with water flow not rendering properly
Fixed crash related to changing from werewolf back to human form
Fixed crash related to reloading after changing Load Order of mods
General bug fixing and improvements with browsing Mods



General performance and optimization improvements
Fixed rare issue with NPCs not appearing in proper locations
Fixed an issue with interface elements not appearing correctly on certain displays (Xbox One and PS4)
Fixed issue with saves erroneously being marked as Modded, even though no mods are active
Updated some sound files to not use compression
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News Comments > ARK Content Plans
10. Re: ARK Content Plans Nov 15, 2016, 10:50 NetHead
El Pit wrote on Nov 15, 2016, 01:53:
They are in extremely late early access now, right? Already releasing DLCs, I see. Of course, those are also in early access, just like the game.

Note to Steam: early access done wrong - this is a great example!

It's one of those perpetual Early Access/beta/incomplete games.

That's also the reason Sony refused to allow them to release it on the Playstation. Which caused them to cry publicly and try get people to raise pitchforks against Sony, because they won't complete their own product.

People pulling that kind of crap is more then I need to know to avoid them and their nonsense.

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News Comments > Steam Top 10
8. Re: Steam Top 10 Nov 14, 2016, 11:49 NetHead
eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 13, 2016, 20:30:
bingus wrote on Nov 13, 2016, 19:39:
It feels a bit more streamlined than PoE. Almost dumbed down.

I don't mind it, but its no Baldurs.

Nothing is... (I finished it and I am on my 2nd run right now, so mild spoilers follow)


That's quite damning and unfortunate.

I haven't tried it, though from what I'm hearing it's both short and now seems to lack depth. All while having a pretty hefty pricetag.

Obsidian seems to be pricing their things right up there without the quantity or quality that other things at those prices offer.

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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
14. Re: Evening Safety Dance Nov 12, 2016, 16:17 NetHead
RedEye9 wrote on Nov 12, 2016, 08:36:
I doubt it, most people around here would not piss in his mouth if his teeth were on fire.
I have posted the remedy several times and blue has even linked to the guys thread. But this whackjob put me on ignore so fuck em. Lifes to short to help morons.

haha, I think we're all morons and whackjobs about some topic/s, at least according to someone out there who will inevitably disagree with something we say.

Sometimes I might think he's a crazy, sometimes I might agree with him (I know, I should stop smoking petroleum lol).
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